Written and Images by Kit Chan
Translation by Wendy Yiu
A book is like a friend. We understand the world and life, or even observe ourselves through texts, and have a deep realization of oneself that we are not alone. PMQ invites different people from design and culture sectors to recommend a book, so that you can enrich yourselves as book therapy.
Why would you recommend this book?
Kit Chan: As the epidemic prevails, disease and death become a near threat. During this very special time, we can read more books as spiritual disinfection is equally important - especially the philosophy of birth, illness, and death, illustrated by a person who has gone through all these stages in life.
It is a collection of 120 pieces of quotes from Japanese veteran actress Kiki Kirin at different times, witnessing the changes as an artist, a woman, and an elderly. Needless to say, it is certainly the most heartwarming and sincere work that are convincing enough to inspire us and touch our soul.
At this present day of an anti-epidemic era, it quite relates when reading her experience in combating cancer and getting old. When undergoing radiation therapy, she chose not to yell for pain, instead she uttered "so comfortable", and embraced the pain as part of her life. Approaching the end of her time, she greeted it calmly. "How do I know if I have anything else I want to do if I don't die?" Some say the time before death passes longer. Kirin surely made good use of that time to explore joy and happiness.
If you had to leave the world one day, how would you like it to be? Kirin decided to live well everyday and to leave the world in the way she wants.